Fed. Circ. Undoes Google's Alice Win On Spreadsheet Patents

By Ryan Davis (October 9, 2018, 8:32 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court's invalidation of three patents asserted against Google LLC by a unit of patent licensing company Acacia Research Corp., finding that instead of claiming abstract ideas, they actually claim patent-eligible improvements in spreadsheet technology. 

The appeals court ruled that Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware was wrong to hold that the patents owned by Data Engine Technologies LLC did not claim patent-eligible subject matter under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice v. CLS Bank decision. The Federal Circuit said the judge correctly found a fourth patent was invalid.

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